The eldest son of late comedian Robin Williams took part in a campaign to raise awareness about suicide nearly five years after his father took his own life.
Zachary Williams appears in a series of black-and-white photos on the Instagram page for the Faces of Fortitude project, which aims to provide a “safe space” for those affected by suicide.
“There’s no education in place to tell you how to deal with this,” Zak is quoted in the Instagram post. “To balance how to grieve privately with your family and then also to have to grieve publicly. While it was nice to be heard, I was spending time on the outer layer instead of on the inside. It wasn’t just the survivor network for me, it was the whole world.”
Some of the expressive photos show Zak, 36, looking solemn, while one shows him looking at the camera and smiling.
In a second post to the project’s Instagram page, Zak, who has two younger siblings, explains that he’s used the last three years for healing.
“I started to feel bad for myself, I was seeking solace and healing through my grieving,” Zak said. “Once I took out all the inputs and elements of self medications, it all became really raw. It was super painful. I had to stop thinking big and expansive to heal everyone and look inward. I found a lot in there. I realized I wasn’t broken. There was a lot of strength I didn’t know was in there.”
His father died at the age of 63 in August 2014.
The Faces of Fortitude project, which was created by photographer Mariangela Abeo, features a number of similar black-and-white portraits of people who, like Zak, shared their stories to spread awareness.